Psalm 86:2
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New International Version
Guard my life, for I am faithful to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God;

New Living Translation
Protect me, for I am devoted to you. Save me, for I serve you and trust you. You are my God.

English Standard Version
Preserve my life, for I am godly; save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God.

New American Standard Bible
Preserve my soul, for I am a godly man; O You my God, save Your servant who trusts in You.

King James Bible
Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Protect my life, for I am faithful. You are my God; save Your servant who trusts in You.

International Standard Version
Protect me, for I am faithful; My God, deliver your servant who trusts in you.

NET Bible
Protect me, for I am loyal! O my God, deliver your servant, who trusts in you!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Keep my soul because you are good; deliver your Servant who hopes in you, oh God!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Protect me, because I am faithful [to you]. Save your servant who trusts you. You are my God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Preserve my soul; for I am merciful, O thou my God, save thy slave that trusts in thee.

King James 2000 Bible
Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O you my God, save your servant that trusts in you.

American King James Version
Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O you my God, save your servant that trusts in you.

American Standard Version
Preserve my soul; for I am godly: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Preserve my soul, for I am holy: save thy servant, O my God, that trusteth in thee.

Darby Bible Translation
Keep my soul, for I am godly; O thou my God, save thy servant who confideth in thee.

English Revised Version
Preserve my soul; for I am godly: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee.

World English Bible
Preserve my soul, for I am godly. You, my God, save your servant who trusts in you.

Young's Literal Translation
Keep my soul, for I am pious, Save Thy servant -- who is trusting to Thee, O Thou, my God.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

86:1-7 Our poverty and wretchedness, when felt, powerfully plead in our behalf at the throne of grace. The best self-preservation is to commit ourselves to God's keeping. I am one whom thou favourest, hast set apart for thyself, and made partaker of sanctifying grace. It is a great encouragement to prayer, to feel that we have received the converting grace of God, have learned to trust in him, and to be his servants. We may expect comfort from God, when we keep up our communion with God. God's goodness appears in two things, in giving and forgiving. Whatever others do, let us call upon God, and commit our case to him; we shall not seek in vain.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - Preserve my soul. It is one of the special offices of God to "preserve the souls of his saints" (Psalm 97:10). He is not only man's Creator, but his "Preserver" (Job 7:20; Job 10:12). For I am holy. The psalmist does not mean to claim for himself perfect holiness, but only that sincerity in religion which God's servants may rightly vindicate to themselves. O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee (comp, Psalm 34:22; Psalm 37:40).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Preserve my soul,.... Or life, which Saul sought after; and this prayer was heard: David was often remarkably preserved by the Lord from his attempts upon him; and so was the soul or life of Christ preserved in his infancy from Herod's malice; in the wilderness from wild beasts, and from perishing with hunger; and often from the designs of the Jews, to take away his life before his time; and he was supported in death, preserved from corruption in the grave, and raised from thence: instances there are of his praying for the preservation of his life, with submission to the will of God, in which he was heard, Matthew 26:39. The Lord is not only the preserver of the lives of men in a temporal sense, but he is the preserver of the souls of his people, their more noble part, whose redemption is precious; he keeps them from the evil of sin, and preserves them safe to his kingdom and glory; yea, their whole soul, body, and spirit, are preserved by him blameless, unto the coming of Christ:

for I am holy; quite innocent, as to the crime that was laid to his charge by Saul and his courtiers; or was kind, beneficent, and merciful, to others, and to such God shows himself merciful, they obtain mercy: or was favoured of God, to whom he had been bountiful, on whom he had bestowed many mercies and blessings; and therefore desires and hopes that, to the rest of favours, this of preservation might be added; or, as he was a sanctified person, and God had begun his work of grace in him, he therefore entreats the Lord would preserve him, and perfect his own work in him: some, as Aben Ezra observes, would have the sense to be,

"keep my soul until I am holy:''

so Arama interprets it,

"keep me unto the world to come, where all are holy:''

the character of an Holy One eminently and perfectly agrees with Christ, as well as the petition; see Psalm 16:1.

O thou, my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee; both temporally and spiritually: the arguments are taken from covenant interest in God, which is a strong one; from relation to him as a servant, not by nature only, but by grace; and from his trust and confidence in him; all which, as well as the petition, agree with Christ; see Psalm 22:1.



Psalm 86:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Hear, O Lord, for I am Poor and Needy
1A Prayer of David. Incline Your ear, O LORD, and answer me; For I am afflicted and needy. 2Preserve my soul, for I am a godly man; O You my God, save Your servant who trusts in You. 3Be gracious to me, O Lord, For to You I cry all day long.…
Cross References
Psalm 4:3
Know that the LORD has set apart his faithful servant for himself; the LORD hears when I call to him.

Psalm 25:2
I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me.

Psalm 25:20
Guard my life and rescue me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.

Psalm 31:14
But I trust in you, LORD; I say, "You are my God."

Psalm 50:5
"Gather to me this consecrated people, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice."

Psalm 56:4
In God, whose word I praise-- in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
Treasury of Scripture

Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O you my God, save your servant that trusts in you.

preserve

Psalm 4:3 But know that the LORD has set apart him that is godly for himself: …

Psalm 37:28 For the LORD loves judgment, and forsakes not his saints; they are …

Psalm 119:94 I am yours, save me: for I have sought your precepts.

1 Samuel 2:9 He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent …

John 10:27-29 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me…

John 17:11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and …

1 Peter 5:3-5 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock…

holy. or, one whom thou favourest

Psalm 18:19 He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because …

Deuteronomy 7:7,8 The LORD did not set his love on you, nor choose you, because you …

Romans 9:18,23,24 Therefore has he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will …

save

Psalm 119:124,125 Deal with your servant according to your mercy, and teach me your statutes…

Psalm 143:12 And of your mercy cut off my enemies, and destroy all them that afflict …

John 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall …

trusteth

Psalm 13:5 But I have trusted in your mercy; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.

Psalm 16:1 Preserve me, O God: for in you do I put my trust.

Psalm 31:1 In you, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver …

Isaiah 26:3,4 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you: …

Romans 15:12,13 And again, Esaias said, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that …

Ephesians 1:12,13 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ…

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